Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tehran upset Rushdie knighted

So the Iranian government is upset that Queen Elizabeth II has decided to knight Salman Rushdie in the "June list."

Tought noogies, Tehran. It's the decision of the Firm, not the Guardians. He was bound to get the honour sooner or later. The only two surprises were a) J.K. Rowling still hasn't been knighted herself although she deserved to be a long time ago; and b) Rushdie received the title from the Queen -- and not the Prime Minister in his annual "Christmas list."

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2 comments: said...

Permit me to offer two minor corrections to your post:

1. JK Rowling (and women in general) cannot be knighted. They may receive the female equivalent, which is a damehood.

2. The Prime Minister does not have a "Christmas List". All honours are bestowed in the name of The Queen and are announced in two separate honours lists: one at New Year and the second on The Queen's Birthday. The Prime Minister makes recommendations for certain people to receive specific honours in both lists and the Queen accepts these recommendations. Some of the honours are exclusively within the Queen's private gift (Orders of the Garter, Thistle, Merit and Royal Victorian Order) whilst the other honours, including the Knight Bachelor honour given to Rushdie, are, with some exceptions, bestowed primarily upon recommendation of the Government/Prime Minister.

I deal with this same story on my own blog:

BlastFurnace said...

That's entirely fair, YF. I only used "knighthood" in the generic sense -- of course the title for a female would be Dame; and it's the media that mentions the "Queen's" list and the "Prime Minister's."